Grand Earl Grey from Mhai Diva

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Mhai Diva

About Mhai Diva Tea:

Mhaidiva is pure quality tea. In general the following applies: the higher the tea is cultivated, the better the quality. Mhaidiva comes straight from the plateaus of Sri Lanka, the Nuwara-Eliya district, known as the ‘champagne area’ of Sri Lanka.

99% of the Mhaidiva tea is picked by women at the tea plantations, the women control the picking of the tea leaves with the fingertips in perfection. Mhaidiva is made by 100% Orthodox picked tea, qualitative the best way of picking.

Taster’s Review:

In her review of this tea, TeaEqualsBliss aka Jennifer states that this doesn’t taste like a bagged tea.  And I must concur … this is a very full-flavored, robust Earl Grey and if I hadn’t brewed it myself, I wouldn’t have guessed it was a bagged tea.

The black tea is brisk and energizing.  It has a remarkably smooth flavor without bitterness and very little astringency.  There is a hint of sweetness to the black tea – slightly caramel-ish.  This is a black tea that would be delicious on its own, made even tastier with the addition of the flavor of the bergamot orange.

The bergamot is citrus-y and lightly floral.  It doesn’t taste overly floral or perfume-y, just enough of a flowery note to add dimension to the overall cup.  The flavor is bright and slightly sweet with a nice tangy finish.

I can’t get over the fact that this is a bagged tea.  This is a bagged tea that will win over the loose leaf purists out there!  Yes it’s that good!

Earl Grey Lavender from Tea Addiction

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tea Addiction

Product Description:

Ingredients: Blended black tea, lavender, jasmine, and flavoring.

Is the stress of life getting to you?

Enjoy a cup of Earl Grey Lavender with its relaxing lavender scent and flavor. The beautiful purple flowers are said to ease headaches, insomnia, and stress. The addition of jasmine flowers is thought to relieve stress, elevate the mood, and aid in digestion. This steep is definitely not the typical Earl Grey!

Taster’s Review:

As the above description suggests, this is not the typical Earl Grey – but it is an excellent Earl Grey!  Superb!

When I opened the package, my nose was greeted with the beautiful fragrance of bergamot, lavender and a hint of jasmine.  I did not expect to see so many flower blossoms and petals in the tin – this is definitely a tea that you need to shake gently before opening to redistribute the flowers evenly throughout the tea.  A small amount of effort to exert for one of the very best lavender flavored Earl Grey teas I’ve ever tasted!

The black tea flavor is pleasantly brisk and offers a nice background flavor.  While it lends its strong flavor to the cup, it seems perfectly content to allow the flavors to really come through and express themselves fully.

The lavender is strong, but it doesn’t overpower the blend.  Instead, it is masterfully balanced with the bergamot, giving just enough of its flavor to the bergamot to accent some of the flowery notes of the fruit.  I can also taste a hint of the jasmine.  It isn’t a strong jasmine presence but that little note of jasmine adds a very interesting dimension to the cup.

As I’ve already eluded to, this is a well-balanced cup.  The bergamot does not try to overwhelm the lavender just as the lavender does not overpower the bergamot.  And somehow, the addition of the flowery flavors not only enhances the flowery taste of the bergamot, but, it also allows the citrus flavors to shine through.

The overall cup is sweet, feminine and juicy!  I love this!

Earl Grey from Hampstead Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Hampstead Tea

Product Description:

Aromatic, smooth and sophisticated but never overpowering. We use only the true fine oil from the bergamot fruit to flavour our blend.

INGREDIENTS:
Fairtrade black tea, natural oil of bergamot

Taster’s Review:

I have often declared my love for Earl Grey tea, so I am sure it’s no big secret by now.   But it never ceases to amaze me at how different one Earl Grey tea can be from another.

Take this organic, fair trade Earl Grey from Hampstead Tea for example.  The black tea is brisk and strong (not unlike many other Earl Grey teas I’ve tried), and there is a smooth, malty note to this tea (again, not unlike some Earl Grey teas).  But something that does make this unlike other Earl Grey teas is that that malty note melds so well with the bergamot flavoring that it presents a somewhat creamy note.  Not like an Earl Grey creme type of creamy, but, more of a smooth, comforting creamy taste that makes it taste as though I added a splash of milk to the cup (but I didn’t!)

Hints of malt, notes of smooth, creamy texture and taste.  This is an invigorating Earl Grey that is also rather soothing.  The bergamot flavor is much juicier than a typical Earl Grey bergamot – this has not so much of the sharp floral notes (although there are some).  This Earl Grey tastes much more like an orange than an exotic fruit, although there is enough of that exotic-esque quality to this bergamot to make it an Earl Grey rather than an orange flavored black tea.

So, you’re probably thinking by now:  Just what is LiberTEAS going on about?  I seem to be talking in circles.  Basically, what it comes down to is that this is a high quality black tea blend that has been flavored with an exceptionally high quality bergamot flavoring – it doesn’t taste artificial, it doesn’t taste like perfume.  It doesn’t taste like aunt Martha’s soap.

So then, what does it taste like?  It tastes like a little bit of perfection right here in my teacup!  Hampstead Tea got this Earl Grey spot-on!

Russian Earl Grey from Culinary Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Culinary Teas

Product Description:

All natural Thai Lemongrass and Spanish orange infuse premium Earl Grey with sultry citrus notes.

Bright, with pleasing citrus overtone and mellow finish.

Ingredients:  Luxury black tea, Natural dried lemon Grass, Natural dried Orange, Cornflower Petals, Natural Flavours.

Taster’s Review:

I admit – this tea frightened me.  It’s an automatic response to teas that are called “Russian” – usually, that means “smoky” tea (at least, that’s what I’ve been conditioned to assume!).  But, this is a happy surprise – no smoke!  Nice!

The flavor is a bit unusual for an Earl Grey – the bergamot taste is there, but as it mingles with the lemongrass and orange flavors, it becomes softer and less distinct.  This smells and tastes much more like a citrus-y tea rather than an Earl Grey.

Yes, I know that bergamot IS an orange, but, a quick trip through the average grocery store produce section will tell you that it is no ordinary orange.  It is not readily available to the average consumer (at least not here in the US).  That’s what makes Earl Grey tea so unique – at least to me – is that it doesn’t taste like a typical orange flavored tea.

But, I digress…

The bergamot is present here, it has just been softened somewhat by the presence of the lemongrass and additional orange flavor.  But that is not to say that this tastes like a typical orange flavored tea either… it has such an interestingly complex fruit taste.

The black tea is smooth and brisk without being too aggressive.  It has a rich taste that compliments the citrus notes.  It is a very pleasing harmony of tastes.

This is truly a rewarding cup of tea – one that presented me with such a lovely and welcome surprise.   Delicious!

Grand Earl Grey from mhai diva

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: mhai diva

Product Description:

Black Tea and Bergamot

More About Mhaidiva:

Mhaidiva, the Lady of Tea, is the personification of everything that makes life worth living. She is the muse giving everyone who drinks her tea the gift of beauty, health, peace, harmony and creative thinking. She speaks to you in haiku, seventeen syllable poems written in three lines of 5-7-5. She shares philosophy, or lessons of life, expressed in one breath. She uses images of tea, evoking a mysterious solitude and meditative presence with romantic images of austere beauty.

The symbol for Mhaidiva is derived from the letters “Aaw” and is created from the gesture of “opening lips invitingly”. An obvious choice for the design of our Mhaidiva logo.

Tasters Review:

I recently discovered mhai diva.  I am very impressed with their dedication to Fair Trade and Sustainability.   I will touch more on that after writing a bit more about this tea.

I was super excited to receive a box full of boxed teas from The Netherlands not too long ago.  Inside was this nifty little number.  It’s mhai diva’s Grand Earl Grey.  It’s a nice bagged Earl Grey.  The Black Tea is strong but the Bergamot isn’t overly strong.  It doesn’t taste like it’s in a bag!  And I like that!  This is a flavorful and convenient EG.

As I mentioned above – mhai diva – is both Fair Trade and Organic.

Mhaidiva is proud to present a range of both Fairtrade and Organic certified tea. The premium quality tea is sustainable and for this reason selected and produced with respect for people and the planet.

The various tea blends originate from the highlands of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and the rooibos tea is from South Africa. The teas are packed in environmental-friendly envelopes. They are available in boxes of 100 pieces.

We flavoured the tea with only natural, liquid flavours to establish a maximum tea-tasting pleasure.

View our Fairtrade and Organic certified tea assortment here.

99% of the Mhaidiva tea is picked by women at the tea plantations, the women control the picking of the tea leafs with the fingertips in perfection. Mhaidiva is made by 100% Orthodox picked tea, qualitative the best way of picking.

In addition to having some really good bagged teas that are both organic and fair trade mhai diva also supports Net4Kids

To fulfil a socio-economic programme that creates development opportunities in developing countries is part of our mission. Therefore, we have established a strategic alliance with the international welfare organisation Net4Kids to ensure we can fulfil our obligation.

Our annual contribution is 1.5% of our net profit and this contribution will be allocated to projects for fresh drinking water, food programmes and the improvement of education facilities.

We believe that our social responsibility has no borders. For this reason we value our social responsibility by supporting welfare work aimed at creating a better future for underprivileged children.

Not only will you enjoy the cup you are drinking you can feel good about supporting a company that really cares!  This is a special tea from a special company!

Wild Grey Green Tea from ESP Emporium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  ESP Emporium

Product Description:

Earl Grey is the most popular flavored tea. This classic has been known for ages as a black tea, and green tea lovers have long waited for the Sencha variation. But now, your waiting has come to an end. We introduced this blend very successfully some years ago. Our exquisite Sencha base was flavored with high-quality bergamot flavor and richly decorated with lemon peel and orange blossoms. Earl Grey friends can now finally discover green tea – and vice versa.

Taster’s Review:

As many of you are well aware, I love Earl Grey black tea.  However, I’m not always so keen on Earl Grey green teas.  Sometimes, I find that the bergamot and green tea just don’t jive, but, occasionally, I’ll find one that gets it right.  Well, ESP Emporium got it right!

I suspect that it is the addition of the lemon peel and the orange blossoms that make the difference here, as well as the lightened flavor of the bergamot.  ESP Emporium didn’t go heavy on the bergamot with this blend.  It is light and crisp with a hint of tangy citrus flavor.  The taste is clean and delicate enough to let the sweet, fresh taste of the Sencha tea to come through.

The Sencha tastes refreshing, with nutty notes and a hint of butter.  There is a faint astringency that doesn’t completely dry the palate, but, cleans it enough so that the buttery sensation doesn’t linger and allow the tongue to become sodden with a buttery taste that muddles the other flavors of the tea.

I really like this Earl Grey variation.  It is a delicious twist on a familiar taste for me.   It is a tea that can be enjoyed hot or iced, and if you like a little sweetener in your Earl Grey this one would take well to that addition (but be light-handed with it, or you may overwhelm the cup), but I don’t recommend adding milk to it.  This tea is far too delicate for such an addition.

I would recommend this to all Earl Grey fans out there!  It’s a winner!

Earl Grey Tea from Joy’s Teaspoon

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Joy’s Teaspoon

Product Description:

The embodiment of the finest English tea.

In 1833, Earl Grey, the Earl of Howick Hall, at that time British Prime Minister, suspended the price monopoly which the East India Company had over the tea trade with China.  The originally pure Chinese tea was lightly flavored with bergamot oil.  This additional fragrance, provided by the Chinese, was intended to protect the tea from the taste of mold and tar which could arise from the long voyage at sea to royal England.  Now, you’ve learned a little something!

Ingredients: black tea, natural bergamot flavoring

Taster’s Review:

I can’t begin to describe the JOY that comes over me when I am offered an opportunity to taste an Earl Grey tea that I’ve not yet tried.  I get almost giddy and sometimes I even start dancing the happy dance.  Yes, I love Earl Grey that much.

For some, Earl Grey may not be that incredible because, as the saying goes “Earl Grey Teas are like…”  well, never mind, I probably shouldn’t say that here.  But, basically, everyone (that is, nearly every tea company out there) has got at least one Earl Grey tea.  Some of them have several!

But, after having tried so many Earl Grey teas, I have learned that not all Earl Grey teas are created equal.  And, interestingly enough, after trying so many Earl Grey teas, I have yet to grow tired of trying one that is new to me.

This Earl Grey from Joy’s Teaspoon is delightful.  It has a nice balance between black tea and bergamot.  The bergamot flavoring is strong, but it does not oppress the delicious black tea base.  It is a brisk, flavorful Earl Grey that takes well to the addition of milk and honey – if you want it – but also tastes wonderful without it.

The bergamot here tastes like bright, tangy orange with just a hint of a floral quality.  It doesn’t taste overdone nor does it have that cheap perfume kind of taste to it.  I know that I’ve said this before, but this is one of the very best Earl Grey teas that I’ve encountered.

Very little astringency to this cup, which is surprising, because I’ve come to expect a little more from Earl Grey.  It’s a nice surprise, though, and I think it is one of the main reasons why I am finding this Earl Grey to be so remarkable.  There is no bitterness, just a clean, vibrant taste of black tea and bergamot.

This is a great example of the classic Earl Grey, one that Earl Grey aficionados would want to not only try, but probably adopt as one of their tea cupboard staples.  As this is the first tea that I’ve tried from Joy’s Teaspoon, I’d say it’s a very encouraging sign of what I have to look forward to from this new company!  Well done!

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